State Member for Euroa and Deputy Leader of The Nationals Steph Ryan met with pupils of the Australian Christian College on Friday, September 21, to speak about her role as a local MP.
During this term, years 3 to 6 pupils have been studying Australia as a democratic society and learning how Australian parliament functions.
As part of this unit, pupils were delighted to have a visit from a local MP.
Ms Ryan spoke to pupils about leadership and what they could do in their local community to make a difference.
Pupils asked Ms Ryan many questions about her job and her role in the local community.
‘‘It was wonderful to visit students at Benalla’s Australian Christian College,’’ Ms Ryan said.
‘‘I was thoroughly impressed with their understanding of Australian democracy.
‘‘They are very informed and engaged young people and each had taken the time to write me a letter raising their concerns on local issues, including everything from Benalla’s rocket park, the provision of health services at Benalla Health and the need for more police.’’
Ms Ryan said she also took the opportunity to tell Parliament about the visit to the college.
Earlier in the term, pupils also participated in the Victorian Parliament Community Engagement and Education Program at BPACC, where they role played how a bill is passed in Victoria.